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WESTERN Sub­urbs Weekly pho­tog­ra­pher An­drew Ritchie won Best Sports Photo at the Com­mu­nity News­pa­pers of Aus­tralia (CNA) Awards on Fri­day night in Mel­bourne with an im­age of

Andy Mur­ray at the 2017 Hop­man Cup.

Judges de­scribed the photo, which was taken from the cat­walk on the roof of Perth Arena, as world class, say­ing it would have looked at home in any ma­jor news­pa­per across the globe.

They praised Ritchie’s work in achiev­ing a dif­fer­ent an­gle of the ten­nis su­per­star.

In ac­cept­ing the award, Ritchie spoke about the dif­fi­culty in achiev­ing the photo.

The pho­tog­ra­pher said it was about 40C that day and sweaty work in the roof of Perth Arena.

Ritchie was teth­ered to the struc­ture in the roof but his cam­era was not so he had to be very care­ful not drop his equip­ment over the edge from a great height.

He was given only 15 min­utes to shoot from that lo­ca­tion and achieved the strik­ing im­age in that time.

The Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group pho­tog­ra­pher of 24 years has been a fi­nal­ist in the CNA Awards 11 times.

Ritchie has pho­tographed about 20 Hop­man Cup events from when it was played at the Bur­swood Dome to now at the Perth Arena.

“I’ve got to shoot Roger Fed­erer, St­effi Graf, Martina Hingis and Boris Becker,” he said.­mu­ni­ 469441

An­drew Ritchie’s win­ning pic­ture of ten­nis player Andy Mur­ray shot from the roof of Perth Arena.

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